Category Archives: Music

REEBOKS & HAIR GEL

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The current fetishisation of “roadman” aesthetics frequently seems to miss the strange nuances in functional bits like side bags and double tracksuit bottoms and the solemn-faced eccentricity in a UK goon dress code. Broad strokes end up labelling every part of a working class youth’s wardrobe or modern black British style with a roadman tag, and it’s wide off the mark. It’s about far more than kids with posh names banging on about bunnin.’ Continue reading REEBOKS & HAIR GEL

NOSTALGIA FOR ANTI-NOSTALGIA

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Most things that are given a punk prefix are pretty terrible. Right now — in an era of carefully curated nihilism — brands and contemporary culture seem to be trying to poorly resurrecting a packaged version of the spirit that inspired Malcolm McLaren all those years ago. They want to be GG Allin but most seem to be coming off more like the moody kid from the 1990 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie wearing his Sid Vicious tee in the bad guys’ warehouse with the ramp and video games. Continue reading NOSTALGIA FOR ANTI-NOSTALGIA

NYC 1982

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A couple of years before the one-off Graffiti Rock, renaissance man Michael Holman had a 1982 TV show called TV New York. Holman, who had two other equally short-lived shows (The 9:40 Show and On B-TV) on the go in 1982 told Red Bull Music Academy, “It was the first hip hop TV shows anywhere in the world. Before anyone was doing it uptown, before anyone was doing it downtown, before anyone was doing it in Europe.Continue reading NYC 1982

LIFE CHANGING

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If you haven’t watched Stretch and Bobbito: Radio That Changed Lives yet, you’re slipping. It’s one of the great hip-hop documentaries, and one that seems to have satisfied even the most ardent backpack rap fundamentalists in its running time. I bet there’s still a ton of stuff that never made the final cut though. Continue reading LIFE CHANGING

GIMME PiL

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Gimme Five is one of the most important UK streetwear lines in history, but I suspect that it was overlooked for a few reasons. Firstly, it was on sale in accounts that held hype product like visvim and Supreme, thus Michael Kopelman’s brand sit in the shadows. Secondly, its distribution was scarce, the line was barely marketed and releases were sporadic. Continue reading GIMME PiL

A POLISH BAD BRAINS DOCUMENTARY

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I have no idea how this went under the radar for me, but StryjekeL upped this obscurity onto YouTube a few months back. It’s a Polish documentary on Bad Brains that aired in early 1995 — apparently it was upped from a flea market find VHS tape. You can murmur about the lineup from this period not being a real Bad Brains all you like, with a lack of H.R. but even footage of the Rise era is a great document of an era. Plus, Chuck Treece is the man. Later that year, the original lineup would return for about five minutes before breaking up again.